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Virginia Woman Charged With Reckless Driving & Other Offenses

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Police arrested a Virginia woman for reckless driving and other offenses after a high-speed chase, according to an article by ABC affiliate WRIC.

This incident occurred on Tuesday, August 16 at approximately 8 a.m. That is when police observed a speeding passenger vehicle that was cutting around other traffic on Interstate 95.

When police attempted to execute a traffic stop using lights and sirens, the Virginia woman allegedly sped away at more than 80 miles per hour. The Virginia woman allegedly attempted to use the shoulder to further evade police. But another passenger vehicle inadvertently blocked the Virginia woman’s path, which allowed police to complete the arrest.

As a result of this incident, the Virginia woman faces criminal charges for distracted driving, fleeing/eluding police, reckless driving, and other traffic offenses. While this matter continues to develop in the legal arena, it seems like a relevant time to review several potential penalties under Virginia law.

Virginia Penalties for Distracted Driving

The penalties for distracted driving appear at Code of Virginia Section 46.2-818.2. Any person who violates this section by using a phone or similar device while driving is guilty of a traffic infraction. This infraction is punishable as outlined below:

  • First Offense — The offender is subject to a maximum fine of $125; or
  • Second or Subsequent Offense — The offender is subject to a maximum fine of $250.

Furthermore, if a violation of Section 46.2-818.2 occurred in a highway work zone, there is a mandatory fine of $250.

Virginia Penalties for Fleeing/Eluding Police

The penalties for fleeing/eluding police appear at Code of Virginia Section 46.2-817. Any person who violates this section by disregarding a police command to stop their vehicle is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. The punishment upon conviction can include criminal fines up to $1,000 and a maximum of six months in jail.

In certain cases, fleeing/eluding police can lead to felony charges. It is a Class 6 felony to endanger police or the operation of their vehicle while fleeing/eluding. And it is a Class 4 felony to cause the death of a police officer while fleeing/eluding.

Virginia Penalties for Reckless Driving

The penalties for reckless driving appear at Code of Virginia Section 46.2-868. Any person who commits reckless driving is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor under this section. The punishment upon conviction can include criminal fines up to $2,500 and a maximum of 12 months in jail.

That being said, reckless driving can lead to Class 6 felony charges. But the felony version of this offense only applies if the offender commits reckless driving on a suspended/revoked license and causes the death of another person.

Do You Need Legal Help?

If you have legal questions about reckless driving or other Virginia offenses, it can be demonstrably helpful to contact a rigorous Leesburg reckless driving attorney. The attorneys at Simms Showers LLP have assisted clients defend against many criminal charges, including reckless driving. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

SOURCES:

wric.com/news/northern-virginia/police-reckless-driver-arrested-after-high-speed-pursuit-in-stafford-county/

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/46.2-818.2/

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter5/section46.2-817/

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title46.2/chapter8/section46.2-868/

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